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Vespas!

Temper Tantrum

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So I've decided That come this summer I'm getting a silver Vespa.

I fucking LOVE these things. There so damn cool (*insert all MOD jokes here*). And I swear me buying one has NOTHING to do with my lack of ability to afford a car. (or everything to do with ;) )

Do you need a special license for these? I rode them all around Europe a few summers back, and Asia last summer (or various other scooters/motorcycles)

Any other Vespa fans out there? anyone else have one?

I'M BUYING THE SILVER ONE

SHOTGUN

~allie~
 

Temper Tantrum

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Addy will get goggles and a hat and Robin will have a blue vespa and i shall have a silver and huzzah we shall all be happy.

~allie~
 

Dr Funk MD

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You need to get one of those WWI German helmets with the point on top along with some aviator goggles. You'd look super fly!
 
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Jeremy Jive

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Yes there are other vespa fans out there. I being one of them. I've had mine for almost four years now. I have a fully restored 1967 125 GT (with rare trapezoid headset) in showroom condition with a ported, polished and kitted engine and exhaust system. She's pushing almost 200cc's and tops out at 120.

Let me just warn you well ahead of time. You are getting into something much bigger than you expect.

Yes you need a full motorcycle license to drive one. Yes you have to take a course to get your license (you can skip it but its your head in the helmet so you decide.) Since Vespas are now the 'cool' thing to have the price is double what they should be or are actually worth. Be prepared to pay 5-7,000 for a scoot that looks nice and is somewhat reliable. Insurance is hard to get and has skyrocketed in price since they became popular. You are looking anything from $500 a year to $3000 depending on what is covered. Most places only cover you for collision. If someone hits it, steals it or knocks it over, you're on your own. If you hit someone they will cover damage to the car but not the scoot. And you have to have the scoot professional appraised for most companies to insure you. And uhm they are very easy to steal cause the old ones don't have ignition keys. Just start it and go.

If you want a Vespa you better be mechanicly inclined or know someone who is and has some serious patience for you. These things are well over 25 years old and they break down all the time. Most things can be fixed in the driveway or the side of the road but you have no know what you are doing. If it dies far from home you have to push it back. Parts can be pricey to and are not always in stock. Be prepared to wait for parts.

Driving in the city is probably the scariest thing anyone can do. Cars cabs and trucks don't give a flying fuck that you are on the road. Frankly they don't even see you. I almost got run over by an ambulance that wasn't looking. A scooter in the city is quick and convenient but its not carefree feet up cruising. that is for sure.

Storage. You are going to need to find a place to store your toy. They are made of steel and they rust like a son of a bitch if you keep them outdoors. A garage is what you need.

Gas is cheap at at $3 a tank for 150kms or so. But you have to have proper oil on hand to mix into the gas tank when you are filling it up. Without that, you aint going nowhere at any speed.

A helmet. Like I said its your melon in there and how much do you like being able to function normally? If you go down there are only a few things that will save you. Number one is the quality of your helmet. Sure a full face is not the coolest looking vintage italian helmet but hey a busted jaw and caved in face aint so pretty either. Gloves, natural instinct is to put your hands out when you fall. Leather gloves are the only thing that will keep the skin on your hands. Training, without training you are guaranteed to go down at some point. Learn to ride properly and avoid it.

Any other questions? If you are still interested then you've passed phase one.

Learning to drive in the nasty downtown is part 5.

jeremy -more info than you need to know- jive
 

Temper Tantrum

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Jer thanks for the info :) and i am still interested....i think i'm going to take my motorcycle course during the winter so i can have my license by the time i purchase one.

I have a garage, thats not an issue.

Can you recommend some good websites? I did a search but as such a hardcore vespa fan i figured you might have more info.

what are good shops to purchase them from in the GTA?

~allie~

PS I will scream HUZZAH. Not Banzai. HUZZAH.
 

Jeremy Jive

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Oh ya and upon purchase you must pay the PST and GST value of the scoot to the Ontario goverment when registering the scoot. On top of that you have to pay for the registration, and the plates.

Here is a simple budget

scoot $5-7,000 for a newly restored ready to ride.
insurance $800 for minimum coverage
M1 book and test are about $50
Class & M2 license $400
Registration and plates are about $100
Helmet is $300-$1000
Gloves $80
Jacket $whatever you want to spend its your skin.
gas $200 a year tops
Oil $100 a year
Parts $1000 a year in replacements
Touch ups are $whatever you want to spice up on the scoot.

jeremy -so anywhere around 10k to start- jive
 

Jeremy Jive

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Originally posted by Temper Tantrum
Jer thanks for the info :) and i am still interested....i think i'm going to take my motorcycle course during the winter so i can have my license by the time i purchase one.

I have a garage, thats not an issue.

Can you recommend some good websites? I did a search but as such a hardcore vespa fan i figured you might have more info.

what are good shops to purchase them from in the GTA?

~allie~

PS I will scream HUZZAH. Not Banzai. HUZZAH.
www.torontoscooters.com
www.motoretta.ca

Toronto scooters is a great place to find scoots being sold by scoot lovers. Best way to do it.

Motoretta is the only place to buy a newly restored scoot. I wouldn't trust anyone else. Same for repairs. And the staff is the best in the bus. Prices are high but the quality is superior.

jeremy -thats the local 411- jive
 
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man_slut

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We can start a Tribe Scooter club and hold Tribe Scooter Rallies with a ska/mod DJ to bang out some classic Special, Bad Manners, or Small Faces (the old small faces before they became hippies) tunes !!!!!!:D I still have a bunch of Scooter mags from back in the day. I'm a Lambretta lover!
 

Lurch

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Hey hun.... Paul got one of these this year.....fuckin things a blast at under $3k you cant loose....

 

Evil Dynovac

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I have driven one of the new, modern 'vespa-inspired' scooters and they are a lot of fun. Probably more reliable too.

There is a nice store on River St. south of Dundas that has newer models.
 

Nesta

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there's a licenced vespa dealership on keele just north of langstaff on the west side. that's in concord for all you city folk.
 
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Temper Tantrum

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Originally posted by basic
Allie, driving with nothing to protect her but a helmet?

Yeesh!

:p
:D

I'm so sold on this idea.
I'm gonna by the M1 handbook today.

Yes i'm a loser.
but with how long it takes me to do things, iin 6 months i will be ready to buy a scooter.

~allie~
 

Lurch

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I have friends that run motorcycle training schools...pm for info :) (they are female to boot so your comfort level might be better)
 
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